“Afrikutz: A Family Barber Shop”

WASHINGTON, DC, 27 August 2012 — Laura Turner produced, shot, narrated and edited this video during our 16-19 Video Journalism Workshop With Backpack Journalist Bill Gentile. You can watch it on YouTube HERE.

This is a terrific example of how wireless microphones can be used so effectively. Previous participants have shot at Afrikutz but with mixed results in terms of sound quality. Laura used a wireless mic to get good, clean sound from Oscar, the owner of the shop, which is normally crowded with customers watching television and conversing. So to get clean sound of Oscar, one has to either position very close and point and him with a directional microphone, or use a wireless, which will overpower most ambient sound.

Laura was one of two participants from the Department of Veterans Affairs to attend our latest workshop. She was was just one of a handful of highly talented and motivated participants at the event, which are intensive, four-day immersions in the craft of “backpack video journalism” defined as character-driven television/web productions with hand-held digital cameras by a single practitioner. The workshops cover the gamut of this storytelling craft from the genesis and shaping of story ideas, to shooting powerful images that drive the story, to the capture and use of sound, to script writing, narration, and editing. These workshops are appropriate for beginners with some experience as well as existing practitioners who desire to sharpen their skills or acquire new ones. We welcome photojournalists, print and video journalists, aspiring documentarians, filmmakers and independent storytellers.

The workshops are suited for beginners with some experience as well as more seasoned practitioners who want to sharpen their skills and acquire new ones. We welcome photojournalists making the transition to film and video. Print journalists seeking to expand their skills will find the workshops particularly useful. Broadcast journalists accustomed to the technology and techniques preceding today’s hand-held digital cameras will find that the newer equipment delivers a more immediate, intimate version of visual communication than their predecessors. Video journalists, documentarians, filmmakers and independent storytellers who want to expand their skill set and learn from one of the pioneers in the field also will benefit from the workshops. You must be at least 18 years old to attend.

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